Orange juice is the world’s most popular fruit drink! It’s made by squeezing the liquid from fresh oranges. You can buy orange juice in bottles or cartons from most supermarkets. Alternatively, you can make fresh orange juice quite easily at home with a juicer!
When it comes to orange juice the world is divided into two opposing camps: those who like it with the pulp and those who like it without. Thankfully it comes in two different varieties referred to as smooth and with bits.
Orange juice has a sweet and slightly acidic taste, it is most commonly drank in the morning at breakfast time. It can be added to smoothies.
Orange juice from concentrate
Orange juice ‘from concentrate’ means that all the excess water has been removed after juicing. This is done to make it easier to transport and to prolong its shelf life. This process removes a lot of the of the flavour, and nutrients from the juice. Before it is sold water and flavourings are added.
Orange juice nutritional benefits
Orange juice is good for you in the sense that when pure and fresh it contains lots of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. However, the sugar content is very high and when you only consume fruit in juice form you are losing out on lots of beneficial fibre!
Orange juice has a high concentration of vitamin C which among other things can improve the absorption of iron in the body, strengthen your immune system and could help ease constipation.
Orange juice also has high in calcium and has good amounts of vitamin A and iron. Its pH level usually ranges between 3.3 to 4.2.
Per 100g of orange juice, there are about 45 calories.